Grimble to take in Sooner game

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going strong as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at Sooner tight end target Xavier Grimble of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. How does he feel about Oklahoma? Find out in this SI update.

While most will utilize their Easter weekend to relax and catch up on a few things around the house, there will plenty of players actively working the recruitment process. In fact, this weekend at Oklahoma, the Sooner spring game will take place and a good number of junior and sophomore athletes will be in attendance. 

One of those players is one of the nation's top tight ends Xavier Grimble from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, NV. The 4-star athlete has accumulated 16 offers to date and is set for visit No. 4 this weekend.

"I am going to be at Oklahoma for the spring game this weekend. I have already visited UCLA, Oregon, and USC so far," Grimble said. "All of these places were nice and I could say that these three schools and Oklahoma are at the top for me right now."

As Grimble gets set for the trip to Norman, he reflected back on the things that stood out for him at the other spots. With UCLA, he attended a game and said it was "crazy," especially being in the Rose Bowl. For Oregon, he had a "great time" and said the facilities were amazing.

With USC, Grimble took in a practice and remembered one key fact among many others.

"Their (USC) team practice was intense," Grimble said. "I like that about them. It was high velocity and up-tempo. I had fun there also."

Grimble's other offers include: South Carolina, Oregon State, UNLV, Florida State, Duke, Washington, California, LSU, Colorado, Texas A&M, and Arizona State

Oklahoma, though it is likely not his final visit, is the last stop of the top schools previously mentioned. As he embarks on all of these programs, there are certain things he looks for in a program.

And believe that he will be taking a few mental notes for this weekend.

"I like to check out how the environment is at practice and how the team performs," Grimble said. "I also want to look at the depth chart, you know many come back and how many are juniors and sophomores. It is not the competition that I am concerned with because there will be competition at all of the top schools."

As for Oklahoma, Grimble has noticed a few things.

"Oklahoma is losing a lot of guys so there is a chance to play early and come in as a freshman and compete for a spot," Grimble said. "Most of their guys are leaving for the NFL either this year or next. I see an opportunity."

Grimble has been keeping up with things at the Sooner camp and other places. But, a steady level of communication with coach Kevin Wilson is a good thing as well. 

"I talk to coach Wilson a lot. We talk about 1-2 times a week," Grimble said. "We talk about the depth chart too. He told me that there is a chance for me to play early and that they are losing two guys next year. But we just don't talk football, but life as well. He checks on me to see how I am doing and I ask him what is going on down there as well. He is a straightforward coach.

"It is a good relationship because I really feel like he has a real interest for me as a person. He (Wilson) really makes me feel like I am his guy."

As a junior, Grimble hauled in 13 catches for 303 yards and four touchdowns. While his numbers may not be as eye-popping as one may think, that may be because he plays in a run-based offense at Bishop Gorman.

But because of that, Grimble feels like his game is actually better because of it.

"I know to be a good tight end you have to learn how to block, and block well," Grimble said. "Because we run the ball a lot, I have gotten so much better with my blocking ability. Blocking is a big part of a tight ends game. If it were just about catching the ball, I would play receiver. But when I do get the ball, I make plays."

And making plays is what many tight ends do at Oklahoma, which is something else that has caught his attention.

"Oklahoma uses the tight end a lot so there are opportunities to make plays, Grimble said. "Coach Wilson is a great coach and I like that he is the offensive coordinator and coaches the tight ends."

Stay tuned to SoonersIllustrated for more information on Grimble after the spring game at Oklahoma.

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